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Relationships and Drama in Macbeth

            In most plays, the use of dramatic techniques are very important, as drama is used to entertain the audience, and keep their attention throughout the play. Without drama, plays such as Macbeth would be very dull and boring, and not very popular, as not many people would enjoy it. Relationships are a major aspect in Macbeth, which significantly add to the drama of the play. There are many relationships which can be focused on in Macbeth, but the major ones, and the relationships most evident to the Audience are that of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Macduff and lady Macduff, Macbeth and the witches, and the relationship between Macbeth and Kind Duncan. First of all, the most evident relationship in this play is between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. There is constant conflict and arguments happening between the two. Lady Macbeth is seen as a very powerful woman, as she seems to be the dominant of the two in their relationship, constantly reminding Macbeth of how cowardly he is. The lack of feminine qualities in Lady Macbeth creates a sense of uneasiness in the audience, with her being portrayed as something different to the "typical" woman. This is evident through the quote .
             "Come, you spirits.
             That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,.
             And fill me from the crown to the toe topful.
             Of direst cruelty!".
             This is Lady Macbeth's way of asking to be stripped of all her feminine qualities, what she sees as a weakness, and being invested with masculine qualities instead, so that she can perform the task Macbeth is not yet ready to do. This scene adds to the drama of the play as it foreshadows the death of King Duncan. The Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is heavily contrasted with the relationship between Macduff and Lady Macduff. Lady Macbeth, is in fact presented as very UN-lady-like, possessing more masculine qualities than feminine qualities. Lady Macduff, however, is the complete opposite of Lady Macbeth, and also exactly the 17th centuries' societies' definition of what a woman should be like; the kind, nurturing one and not the cold, ruthless, and scolding one.

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